Alasdair Thompson sinks to a new low

When he isn’t commenting on women’s monthly cycles he is touting his book.

Now he has stooped to a new low…revealing he is a sanctimonious hypocrite and a shameless dodgy ratbag politician prepared to say and do anything to get elected.

Disgraced former employers’ boss Alasdair Thompson has switched sides and is speaking up for raising the minimum wage to $18.40 an hour.

Mr Thompson, 66, has revealed he privately lobbied Prime Minister John Key in 2009 in support of a union campaign to raise the minimum from $12.50, where it was then, to $15 – even though publicly he opposed it as chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. 

He is now backing a campaign for a “living wage” of $18.40 an hour, as a candidate for the Auckland District Health Board, on the grounds that it is already being paid partly by bosses and partly by taxpayer-funded top-ups such as Working for Families.

“My argument is that it should be paid fully by the employer,” he said.

“If there is a cost to that, which there is and it will mean higher prices and even some job losses, it is a price I am willing to pay because of the principle of paying a living wage.”

What a cock, and a hypocrite.

At least Helen Kelly can see what sort of a dickhead he really is.

But Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly warned workers not to be taken in. “He has been instrumental in an attack on working people over the last 20 years and the result is that we now have families working fulltime and living below the poverty line, so it’s a bit rich for him to say that he should be elected on the basis of the living wage,” she said.

I’m with Helen Kelly on this one.

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